Full Name: Shreeya Chowdhury
Height: 5’ 5”
Zodiac Sign: Leo
My favorite color is mustard yellow
From a young age I have invested my life to dance, and more recently performing arts as a whole. I started off as a ballet dancer at the mere age of 5. Soon after I had a growing passion for Indian dance and started Bharatanatyam. Since then, I have fell in love with ballet and Bharatanatyam to such a great extent, that I decided to expand my horizons in dance and added supplemental disciplines of: Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Indian Folk dance, and Bollywood. In the past two years, I have also been given opportunities to perform in dance drama’s like “Chandalika”(by the acclaimed noble Laurette Rabindranath Tagore) where I played that main role of Prakriti. This led me to find my endless passion for the performing arts as a whole.
In both-Bharatanatyam and Ballet- I have reached great heights of achievement. In Bharatanatyam, I have performed many solo performances at prestigious venues such as the Federal Navy Yard, The New American-Asian Expo Conference (in which I had the opportunity to be publicized on a bus ad and a magazine), etc. In April of 2018 I also received the prestigious Certificate of Merit from NSAL (National Society of Arts and Letters). As mentioned before, I had my debut in dance drama as Prakriti in “Chandalika”, which has been performed at JCC (2016) and Sanskriti Durga Puja (2017). I plan on taking this dance drama to further heights in the future. As for ballet, I have broken many barriers as an American-Indian Ballet Dancer. I have performed prestigious roles (with Metropolitan Ballet Theatre) as Clara, Arabian Lead, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in “The Nutcracker”; The Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella”; The Blossom Fairy in “Becoming Sugar Plum”, and many more. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to perform at the Montgomery County Executive Award’s and have also performed in many outreach programs throughout the community. I love giving back to the community and find immense happiness when I can use my dance to make others happy. I have also auditioned and been selected in various prestigious and highly acclaimed, national ballet intensives. Among a few are: The Washington School of Ballet (which I attended), The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Carolina Ballet, etc.
These are just a few of the many accomplishments that I have achieved through dance.
What are you doing presently?
I am currently a rising senior at Northwest High School with a growing interest in the science field and a burning interest for the performing arts!
What are your future plans?
In the future, I aspire to either go into a branch of biology or take up performing arts as a living. Depending on which branch I take, I would like to take a gap year and travel to various parts in India to get serious training in Bharatanatyam, Acting, Indian Folk Dance, etc. Thereafter, hopefully finding a profession in the performing arts industry.
Why do you want to participate In the pageant?
I decided to participate in this pageant as a tribute to my passion for my Indian heritage. This pageant also gives me a chance to experience and be with other who have similar interests in the Indian culture. I would also like to use this pageant to make more connections in the south Asian community and be able to reach out to others.
Talent you plan to do for the pageant?
I plan to do a modern/lyrical dance to the song “Verge”.
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
If I were a superhero I would want to be able to heal all those who suffer and be able to bring true happiness to everyone.
If you could take three things to the desert what would they be and why?
I would take many Bollywood movies with me and indulge in the story and meaning of the film. I would also take my ghungroo’s to dance to heart’s extent, especially because no one is watching! Lastly, if allowed, I would take my dog, Crystal she is my dearest and closest friend. Without her I cannot pass a day.
My uncle “Mezda”
Losing the ability to dance and express myself
If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it?
I would spend my last day with all of my family and friends, I would dance to my hearts extent and have a great time with all my loved ones.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten:
” To get somewhere in life, carve your own path and make your own rules.”
Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years:
I hope to see myself in the performing arts industry and leading a successful career.
This pageant is not only to showcase the talent of young women in the DMV community but it is also an opportunity for the young generation to show their confidence, respect and love for the Indian Heritage. I would very much appreciate if my family and friends would come out to see me express my passion for the culture that I have been raised in and that I have immensely fallen in love with!